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If you are replacing the radiator and none of the hoses will fit the new radiator, then you were sold the wrong radiator. Take it back and make sure they sell you the correct one for your vehicle. Sometimes it helps to write down the VIN for the vehicle and take it with you so the parts people can verify that they are selling you the correct part.

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How to replace thermostat

The procedure is fairly generic on the Ford and other non-transverse engines. First think of direction of coolant circulation. In radiator, coolant flows under gravity (and negative pressure as will be seen) to the bottom radiator hose and through it to the intake of the water pump. (The pump is directly aft of the fan with the vibration damper and accessory belt drive pulley sheaves in between.) The pump then forces coolant through a port into the engine block and galleries; and also force coolant through the heater coil circuit which returns it (also) to the engine block. Under pump pressure, the speed of which is governed by engine RPM (crank rotational speed), the coolant circulates back through the coolant pump via a second engine block port until (like an 8 track tape)...until the coolant has heated (by combuston chamber heat sinking) to t'stat (thermostat)-regulated engine-normal-operating temperature, at which point the coolant flow though said engine bock recirculation port abates and is supplanted by coolant flow through the t'stat and out the engine and back to the radiator (inlet) through the upper radiator hose. So it's clear then, that where the upper radiator hose joins the engine block (near the top of the engine) there also will be the thermostat, held in place by a connector fitting or fittings to which the upper radiator hose couples on one end, and which bolts onto an engine block outlet port and flange on the other end. At that point, it is a simple matter of unbolting that coolant flow port fitting to find the t'stat squeezed in and concealed behind. Of course, you will want to have let the engine cool (to the point where upper radiator hose is squeezable), and to have disconnected that upper hose from the radiator and held it aloft to reduce spilling and then lowered to capture any spillage. (The engine having cooled, the t'stat will be closed and preventing any outflow into the hose; and the cool engine block coolant level will have have retreated under gravity to its lowest level...below the t'stat. Now that the t'stat has been removed from the hose connection flange, you will have noted beforehand its direction and orientation top to bottom...because the new t'stat must fit in the exact same manner. In case you overlooked it, those are also embossed on the new t'stat. Now remember this: each new t'stat must be installed with a new overlap seal ring, but WITHOUT any other sealant or gasket sealant material (the seal is not a gasket despite what you might read or see) and its overlap of the t'stat forms a double seal layer sufficent to contain and prevent any coolant seepage. So, now that you've clamped in the t'stat with the hose fitting and restored upper-radiator-to-engine-block hose connection, you need only to pour any captured coolant back into the radiator, screw on the radiator cap, start the engine, and bring to operating (t'stat open) temperature. Then relieve radiator pressure with radiator cap and note that coolant is circulating in the radiator. If not yet circlating, wait a while until the new t'stat opens. Finally, after engine off and cool-down, check and top the coolant level to about 1 inch below bottom of radiator filler tube.

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Leaking bottom radiator hose

Yes, you can do it! First, just check if the clamp on the end of the hose where it connects to radiator is just loose and needs tightening. That may be all it needs to stop the leak. When your new radiator was installed, sometimes the clamp may not have been tightened enough. If the clamp is just like a wire clamp and can't be tightened, buy a good screw clamp and fit it on. If that is not the case, you may need to pull off the lower radiator hose to investigate. Of course, to remove hose, you need to drain the radiator first. The other end of the hose goes to an inlet fitting to the water pump on the front of the engine. It will also have a clamp that you loosen or remove to pull hose off that fitting.
How it works is hot coolant in the engine is pushed by the water pump into the upper radiator hose and goes down through the radiator for cooling it and then back into the engine through the bottom radiator hose. The water pump constantly circulates the coolant through the engine to the radiator and back into the engine through the lower radiator hose.
I would bet you just have a loose fitting hose. See if you can tighten it first.

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I have a 1998 chevy suburban k1500. I was told the radiator didnt have the eoc but when called around for a new radiator i was told they dnt make one without the eoc. which one is correct

a radiator is used to cool the coolant as long as it has a top and bottom hose fitting in the right place for your engine and an oil cooler fittings for the transmission , there will be little difference in what ever else there is
some have a radiator cap and a hose to a reservoir and other do not have a cap as it is on the reservoir
the radiator shop will know the correct radiator to fit

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91 nissan pickup radiator transmission lines do not connect on the new radiator that went from nipple to thread.

Assuming you have the RIGHT radiator, you can adapt from the nipples to a 3/8" hose fitting(brass preferably),and cut the lines to accept a hose and clamp type connection. (use good quality hose such as low pressure power steering or fuel hose.
Before I accepted this radiator,though, I'd take a look at another brand radiator or another one from a different store and be sure they gav
e you the exact fit. don-ohio

Oct 20, 2011 | 1991 Nissan Pickup

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Steps on removing and replacing radiator on my 1999 jeep cherokee sport 6 cyl. stright

Things You'll Need
  • Waste oil collection pan
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Wrench set
  • Socket set
  • Antifreeze
  • Water
  1. Draining the Cooling System
    • 1 Locate the petcock valve on the lower right corner of the radiator and place a waste oil collection pan underneath it.
    • 2 Open the petcock valve by turning it counterclockwise, using needle nose pliers.
    • 3 Wait until all the coolant has drained out then close the petcock valve by turning it clockwise.
    Removing the Radiator
    • 1 Loosen the hose clamp that connects the upper radiator hose to the radiator using a Phillips head screwdriver. Then pull the upper radiator hose off the radiator.
    • 2 Loosen the hose clamp that connects the lower radiator hose to the radiator using a Phillips head screwdriver. Then pull the hose off the radiator.
    • 3 Unscrew the transmission cooler lines from the radiator (automatic transmission only) using a wrench.
    • 4 Unscrew the bolts that secure the radiator to the core support, using a socket.
    • 5 Lift the radiator straight up to remove it from the vehicle.
    Installing the Radiator
    • 1 Lower the radiator into position behind the core support. Be careful: the cooling fins are thin and can be easily damaged.
    • 2 Screw the bolts that secure the radiator into the core support. Tighten with a socket.
    • 3 Thread the transmission cooler line fittings into the radiator. Tighten with a wrench.
    • 4 Slide the lower radiator hose onto the fitting on the bottom of the radiator. Slide the hose clamp over the fitting and tighten with a Phillips head screwdriver.
    • 5 Slide the upper radiator hose onto the fitting on the top of the radiator. Slide the hose clamp over the fitting and tighten with a Phillips head screwdriver.
    • 6 Fill the engine with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.
    • 7 Run the engine and visually inspect for leaks.

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How do I replace the radiator hoses

I hope this is a routine maintenance replacement...Ask to see the radiator hoses at your local parts store...the exact replacement is best used for a perfect rare cases the replacement has to be slightly modified...(usually length) be sure the fit clears all fans...etc...there are 2 hoses involved, called the upper, and lower radiator hoses...the upper attaches to the water inlet on the motor...and the upper radiator connection...the lower connects to the water pump, and the radiator...when removing expect a major water spill...try to catch with a trash can lid under the front of your Acura...use new hose clamps in re-assembly. Hope this helps.

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Change thermostat

Typically, the thermostat is located under an aluminum fitting where the top radiator hose meets with the engine block or the intake manifold. You need to drain the antifreeze into a container from a valve at the bottom of the radiator so that the level is below the top of the engine block. Save this for reuse or disposal. Then loosen the hose clamp and remove the top hose from where it meets the engine block or manifold. Now, loosen the two or three bolts that hold the aluminum fitting from the engine block or manifold and remove it, revealing the thermostat.

Pay attention to the orientation of the thermostat. Now, clean up the mating surfaces of the fitting and the manifold. Reinstall using a new thermostat orientated the right way, a new gasket and/or silicone sealer, and then the fitting. Attach the hose, refill the radiator, and test for leaks.

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How do i replace the thermonstat

the thermostat is in the housing where the top radiator hose goes onto the motor,remove the top radiator hose undo the bolts on the thermostat housing,be careful not to break them off as the may be corroded take the housing apart remove the thermostat clean both the surfaces of the housing using a suitable scraper or sand paper fit the new thermostat fit new gasket put the housing back together put in bolts DO NOT over tighten replace top hose fill radiator with water start engine & let warm up & check for leaks.....hope this helps......cheers

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Replace a radiator

Drain the radiator there is a plastic screw plug at the bottom of the radiator, after that disconect the upper and the lowwer hoseby loosening clamps then take a large pair of channel lock pliers to rotate gently the hose where the calmp was located to crack free the hose bond to the radiator pipe after sliding off the hoses remove both smaller hose going to the radiator they use either screw on clamps or the type you squeeze with pliers to spread and remove, once emoved pull off the hoses, after that remove the two clamps located on the top of the radiator, after that unplug the wire coming off the radiator fan, you should now be able to slide the radiator up and out of the car if not remove any other hoses there is a vent hose near the radiator cap remove it. The fan must be unbolted from the radiator and bolted onto the new one there is usaully 4 bolts if neccessary remove and reuse the bolt clips that the bolts screw into from the old radiator to bolt the fan on to the new radiator after bolting the fan on to the new radiator slide the radiator back down into the rubber support bushings that are at the bottom where the radiator sits look for the two holes that the pins at the bottom of radiator fit into the radiator must fit into these holes to ensure proper installation reconnect all hoses and wires, refill radiator with 50% water 50% antifreeze mix and check for leaks after full and running for ten minutes.

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I am installing a new radiator into a 2000 Hyundai Accent GL

Try this.
If the two hoses are connected to the correct locations on the transmission, take the shorter hose and see which fitting it reaches on the radiator. If it reaches only one, you have the answer.
The radiator is used to cool the transmission fluid.

Mar 21, 2009 | 2000 Hyundai Accent

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